Showing posts with label Puwakpitiya. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Puwakpitiya. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

'Thai pongal' festival at the Tamil Maha Vidyalayam, Puwakpitiya, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The welcome at the entrance to the festival grounds

A ceremonial enclosure made with plantain trunks.
Decorative figures 'Kolam' is drawn around the fire-place using powdered rice.

'Thai Pongal' is the celebration of  harvest of rice in the month of January - 'Thai'. The first harvest of paddy is pounded, winnowed and cooked ceremonially adding jaggerry, cadju nuts ertc. Once cooked the 'Pongal' is shared among friends and relatives.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A bird's nest built on an empty electric bulb socket, Puwakpitiya, Sri Lanka.



Safety from predators seems to be the first priority in building nests. The Garden Lizard and The Rat snake make a meal of the eggs and the Coucal bird waits till the young chicks are about to fly and gobbles them up. All these have to be guarded against when building a nest.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Scenes around Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Old Government quarters near the Railway Station.

Old wayside residence at Puwakpitiya.

Old shop at Puwakpitiya.

Old private residence at Puwakpitiya.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Old Market building, Puwakpitiya, Sri Lanka.

The old market at Puwakpitiya which was constructed more than 75 years ago. It still holds the weekly 'Pola' S, 'Santhai' T.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blythe's Pipit, Puwakpitiya, Sri Lanka

I saw this bird by the side of the Puwakpitiya - Kaluwandura Road.
Click on the link below to watch the video I took of the bird in action - attempting to build a nest.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gScD-Nwz3gs